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Revive Your Enamel Sink

White enamel kitchen sinks are so pretty when they are new. But, over time they tend to get scratched and stained. Here is our favorite tip to get it white and sparkling again!

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I love my white enamel kitchen sink. Or, at least I used to before it got all scratched and stained. I do clean my sink daily with dish soap and water, but over time it started to show the signs of aging. I tried lots of different products to restore it to a shiny white, but I only found one thing that worked: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide! It’s so simple! Here’s what I did:

What Didn’t Work

I’m sure these products would work on a sink with mild staining, but since mine was pretty extreme, these barely made a dent.

  • non abrasive cleaners
  • magic eraser
  • foaming bleach cleanser
  • pumice stone
  • baking soda and dish soap paste (although this was the best of all the ones I tried)

What Did Work

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After trying all these products, I was about to give up. I really thought a baking soda and dish soap paste was going to do the trick! Then I tried baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and it worked!

Step By Step Instructions

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First I made a paste out of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. I didn’t measure this. I just kind of eyeballed it. You won’t need a lot of hydrogen peroxide. I scrubbed the paste into the sink using a clean sponge. This helped a little but I could see it wasn’t going to take all of the stains out immediately. I let the past sit in the sink for 1/2 hour. I could see that the stains were lightening. Again, if your sink isn’t too far gone, 1/2 hour might be all you need. But for my sink, I decided to let the paste sit overnight. I was weirdly excited the next morning to run down and check the sink. To my surprise and relief, the mixture did it’s job! The sink is now nearly stain-free. Plus, I didn’t need to do any additional scrubbing, just a quick rinse.

To Prevent Staining

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Now that my sink is sparkly and shiny again, I’m determined to keep it that way. To prevent staining, I plan on continuing my routine of cleaning the sink with dish soap and water daily. But, I’ll also add in a weekly cleaning with a baking soda and dish soap paste. I also invested in a sink protector to keep pots and pans from leaving marks in the sink.

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Anne Metz

Anne Metz is a housecleaner by day and a freelance writer by night. In her free time she follows her four young children around cleaning up their messes! You can follow her on facebook at @4onceuponamom or visit her blog at

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